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America’s No. 3 pay network faces a tough future alone, with studio deals that will require renewing, expensive original series production needs, and a challenging pay TV market that necessitates leverage in order to get carried. But Starz could be a jewel for the right buyer. Read more »

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While the broader TV Everywhere initiative has been hindered by all the deals that need to happen between programmers and pay TV operators, watch-anywhere-in-the-home apps provided by multichannel operators are gaining traction. Cablevision says Optimum, for example, is now used by a third of its subscribers. Read more »

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The multichannel business has incurred net subscriber losses in the second quarter for three years in a row — after never finishing a three-month period in the red before 2010. Bernstein Research’s Craig Moffett says this is simply a normal cyclical state for a maturing business. Read more »

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Leslie Moonves, CEO, CBS
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With his company reporting an 8 percent spike in second-quarter revenue, the CBS chief says the kerfuffle over Barry Diller’s new streaming broadcast-network service has been “really exaggerated greatly.” Moonves also told investors Thursday that a renewal of CBS’ Neflix deal is “preordained.” Read more »

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Busy Lazard Capital analyst Barton Crockett says there’s enough margin thickness and consumer elasticity to sustain 8 percent annual program fee increases for another dozen years. But as the system reaches its limits, Crockett also finds that programers like Disney will be hit hardest. Read more »

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With subscription video on demand revenue up 430 percent, Hollywood’s video business has actually shown growth for a full six-month period, according to the studio-backed Digital Entertainment Group. The DVD-cursed market hasn’t enjoyed full-year growth since George W. Bush was midway through his second term. Read more »

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The Boston-based video platform supplier reported $21.6 million in revenue for its second quarter as a public company, while losses narrowed by 38 percent to $4.3 million. Brightcove also announced the $30 million purchase of cloud-based video encoding company Zencoder. Read more »

Netflix

Six months following the departure of longtime marketing chief Leslie Kilgore, Netflix turns to an international marketing executive with deep roots in European media/entertainment. This comes, of course, as the company is about to embark on a major expansion of its Western European operations. Read more »

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Those who purchase Fox movies like Prometheus on iTunes can now re-download their films on iCloud, thanks to a deal the studio carved with its pay TV partner, HBO, that relaxes digital restrictions of movies while they’re in the pay TV window. Read more »

West Wing

Deal brings the Aaron Sorkin-penned political drama The West Wing and the Fox sci-fi/fantasy series Fringe exclusively to members of Amazon’s Prime Instant Video service, as well as purchasers of its Kindle Fire tablet Read more »

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The NBC News Group will house broadcast division NBC News, along with cable networks CNBC, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. Fili-Krushel has primarily served as an administrative affairs executive, but she did oversee ABC’s news division when she ran that network from 1998-2000. Read more »

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